for International Students to study at U.S. Schools
- English language training: Students around the world learn English in classrooms, through study guides, and even by watching cartoons or listening to the radio. However, these study methods fall short of full exposure. The fact is that real life immersion in the English language is going to benefit international students much more than studying English in a classroom in their home country.
- Pre-college navigation: Applying to college in the United States can be a long and complicated process—with tests to take, schools and majors to explore, and essays to write. And much of the process is riddled with terminology that is often unfamiliar to international students, which may be clearer for students if they’re already in the United States. Additionally, it’s much easier for university admissions counselors at American universities to review a transcript from a high school in the U.S. as opposed to transcripts from high schools abroad.
- College readiness: In addition to a better understanding of the English language, international students studying at U.S. high schools are exposed to American-style teaching, which tends to be more participatory in nature. That can be a big help once students are enrolled in college. Some students do very well on placement tests, but then get to the US and struggle because the classroom pace is so fast, and the requirement in U.S. universities that students interact often in class becomes a real challenge.
- Social acculturation: The college experience in the United States doesn’t end when class is dismissed, and coming to high school here can prepare students to succeed socially, too. Parents are giving their students a big leg up when it comes to being socially integrated. The transition to college can be tough for any student, but with a prior understanding of cultural norms, terms, and habits, international students who attend a U.S. high school for a year or two prior to attending university in the U.S., may be better suited to fit into the fabric of a new school.